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[oh-ver-sel] /ˌoʊ vərˈsɛl/
verb (used with object), oversold, overselling.
to sell more of (a stock, product, etc.) than can be delivered.
to sell aggressively, as by using high-pressure merchandising techniques.
to emphasize the good points of excessively and to a self-defeating extent:
She so oversold the picnic that I became convinced I'd have a better time at the movies.
verb (used without object), oversold, overselling.
to sell something aggressively.
to make extreme claims for something or someone.
Origin of oversell
1570-80; over- + sell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for oversell
  • But let's not oversell our evidence and our models, trivializing everyone who still holds opposing views.
  • Under all the oversell, an inferiority complex drove him.
  • One shouldn't oversell the importance of this factor, but it is relevant.
  • It is risky to oversell the virtues of autonomy, for in the end it is not the only source of individual obligation.
  • It is important not to oversell the successes of militarized anti-poaching.
  • Though she stretched a few notes, she didn't oversell the song or her voice.
  • In the training they give their employees, they make sure they do not oversell beer.
  • Accentuate the positive aspects of the job but do not oversell.
  • Citric acid is a product where the domestic industry sells out its capacity, and imports generally oversell domestic producers.
British Dictionary definitions for oversell


verb -sells, -selling, -sold
(transitive) to sell more of (a commodity) than can be supplied
to use excessively aggressive methods in selling (commodities)
(transitive) to exaggerate the merits of
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